The end of life is a universal experience that all of us face, both for ourselves and the people we love. It can be difficult to determine the best way to meet the needs of an ailing loved one while keeping them comfortable in their last days. UNC Hospice focuses on providing coordinated compassionate care, outside of hospital setting, allowing patients to live out their lives meaningfully and peacefully. Hospice is an integrated service that puts the patient and family first, providing not only medical but also emotional and spiritual care.
"You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die."
- Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement
The SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan Hospice Home was made possible through the dedication, hard work and philanthropic support of our community. It is nestled in a beautiful wooded area in Chatham County, conveniently located off of U.S. Hwy 64 and 15-501. The environmentally friendly LEED-certified facility opened April 26, 2017, and houses 10 private patient rooms, each with a private patio to enjoy our North Carolina weather and wildlife. Gardens are inviting to native birds and butterflies. Families are welcomed, and there are numerous spaces including a kitchen and children's playroom where family and friends can make themselves at home. Our patient spa room allows patients to take therapeutic baths and have their hair washed for extra TLC from our attentive staff.
It is with great honor and pride that we recognize the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) Foundation’s generous donation, and the tireless efforts and advocacy of Dr. James Bryan, one of the Hospice Home’s founders and longtime supporters. Dr. Bryan was one of the first to bring to North Carolina the then-new concept of compassionate, holistic palliative care for dying individuals. It is fitting that the new facility honors his many contributions to this special program.
"Everyone who works for us in hospice, whether paid staff or volunteer, feels that it is a true calling. It’s not just helping the patient; the unit of care for hospice is always the patient and the family."
- Ann Ritter, Pastoral and Grief Counselor